Orthodox icon | Birth of the Mother of God | 24770


  • Typ: Russian icon
  • Age: 18th century
  • Size: 36 x 31 cm | 14.2 x 12.2 in


Orthodox icon | Birth of the Mother of God | 24770.

The commemoration of the birth of the Mother of God on September 8 has ancient origins, tracing back to the 6th or 7th century. Though it was not until the 9th century that this celebration was formally added to the Eastern Church’s calendar. While canonical Gospels make a brief mention of Mary being a descendant of David, the apocryphal writings provide a more detailed narrative.

These accounts highlight Joachim and Anna’s profound joy as they receive answers to their prayers. They also present enriching tales of the miraculous events that punctuated Mary’s childhood and adolescence.

In the realm of art, artists often model birth depictions on traditional child-rearing scenes. One icon depicts Saint Anne resting post-delivery, with local women and midwives attending to the newborn.

At times, Saint Joachim peers through a door, silently watching. Artists initially chose abstract architecture for the backdrop.

As styles evolved, artists replaced these with modern furnishings, making the scenes more contemporary. This depiction celebrates the Mother of God’s birth and sets the stage for Christ’s salvation narrative.

A particular icon, enhanced by the intricate “Assist” gold painting technique, stands out. Its depiction of buildings and structures adds a lavish decorative touch to the overall artwork.

Source: Orthodox icon | Birth of the Mother of God | 24770 © Ikonen Mautner. Typing errors, other errors or changes reserved. For more information: “Das Synaxarion. Die Leben der Heiligen der Orthodoxen Kirche.” (http://www.prodromos-verlag.de/buecher.html) and Joachim Schäfer: Das Ökumenische Heiligenlexikon – https://www.heiligenlexikon.de

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